School Safety Overview
At Hatboro-Horsham School District school safety is our top priority. Keeping our schools safe allows children to look forward to being in an encouraging environment that promotes social and creative learning.
A Message from the Safety Director,
Dear Hatboro-Horsham Families:
With the new school year underway, I wanted to update you on several important safety initiatives that HHSD has in place. As always, the safety of all HHSD students and staff is paramount.
Dedicated School Recourse Officer (SRO) at the Hatboro-Horsham High School
The HHSD’s School Resource Officer Program is up and running. Horsham Township Police Officer, Officer Mary Novak, is now on location every day at the high school. Officer Novak has over 20 years of law enforcement experience and began working immediately to help protect, mentor and educate our high school students. One of the many positive aspects of the SRO program is that it allows other police department patrol officers to walk through our other schools on a more frequent basis. Hatboro PD continues to be highly visible at our Hatboro schools through frequent walk-throughs.
ALICE Training at HHSD
HHSD has begun the process of modifying our emergency response to an active shooter from a traditional lockdown protocol to the more optioned based protocol recommended by US Homeland Security. We have contracted with ALICE Inc. in order to help us with this transition. HHSD staff have completed an online ALICE training course and have begun staff only hands on training/drills. Once staff are trained, we will begin to incorporate students into the drills. The drills will be age appropriate, and we will notify families about the new protocol before we involve students.
Threat Assessment Teams
After action incident reports on incidents of targeted violence (active shooter) in schools indicated that there were noticeable and tangible clues as to the intentions of the shooter prior to the event. These clues included things that the shooter may have said to other students and/or the actions and behaviors that the shooter exhibited prior to the violent incident. Identifying troubled students before they act is imperative. The best practice of developing and using threat assessment teams to identify these students is essential to preventing targeted acts of violence in school. HHSD has embraced the threat assessment team concept and is moving forward with implementation. HHSD has partnered with the Sandy Hook Promises Foundation, Hatboro Police Dept., Horsham Police Dept. and the University of Virginia. In the coming months, HHSD families will received more information about this initiative.
Safe2Say Something Tip Line
The Hatboro-Horsham School District is committed to and has fully trained all our student in the use of the S2SS Tip Line. Since S2SS’ launch date, 1/14/19, we have received and investigated approximately 250 tips regarding the safety and well-being of our students.
We continue to work hand in hand with our local police departments, our fire departments, the Hatboro and Horsham Office of Emergency Management and the Montgomery County Office of Safe Schools in order to make our schools as safe as possible. Please feel free to contact me any time if you have any questions regarding safety in our district.